Air pollution

17 December 2020

Air pollution has been in the news this week, with a landmark ruling that air pollution contributed to a child’s death. Announcing the ruling, assistant coroner Philip Barlow said today: “I will conclude that Ella died of asthma, contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution.”

The ruling is likely to increase pressure on the government and on local councils to start taking real action to reduce air pollution, which in many places is well above legal limits.

This is an issue that affects everyone; it’s generally accepted that outdoor air pollution kills 40,000 people a year. The ruling has been reported very widely, not just in environmental sections – for example, see reports from the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and the BBC

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